Stanford Class of 2013 moves in

Tuesday was "move-in day" for about 1,700 freshmen and 23 transfer students. In the afternoon, President John Hennessy and other campus dignitaries will welcome the new students and their families at the 119th Opening Convocation, the formal inauguration of the new academic year.

L.A. Cicero Welcoming students on move-in day

Sophomores Danielle Deleon, Elaine Ballinger and Stephanie Garrett cheer passing cars from the corner of Mayfield and Campus Drive East as new students made their way to nearby dorms early Tuesday morning.

The freshmen who arrived on campus Tuesday have impressive credentials; nearly 20 percent of the Class of 2013 posted perfect scores in the SAT Critical Reading and Math exams, and two-thirds of the class earned a GPA of 4.0 and above.

But will they remember to bring extra-long twin sheets, a laundry bag, an alarm clock and at least two weeks' worth of underwear and socks?

Wait, isn't that what parents are for?

Tuesday was "move-in day" for about 1,700 freshmen and 23 transfer students, most of whom attended two-year colleges. The roster of new arrivals includes four students who were home-schooled and four veterans.

More than half – 60 percent – of the freshmen graduated from public high schools; more than half of the class are students of color. About 15 percent of them are the first in their families to attend college. Nearly 10 percent were schooled abroad.

Most arrived early on campus – residence halls opened at 8 a.m. – with their families, in cars loaded with "The Necessities," including bedding, towels, alarm clock and desk lamp. Computer speakers, a Frisbee and a bike are on the "You-Decide List" in Stanford's guidelines for packing.

The new arrivals were greeted by hundreds of student volunteers – easy to spot in their red T-shirts – eager to ferry boxes and luggage from cars to dorm rooms.

Wilbur and Stern dorms on the east side of campus will house about 1,100 freshmen, or two-thirds of the Class of 2013.

L.A. Cicero Hennessy greets students on move-in day

President John Hennessy greets incoming freshmen as they wait in front of Roble Dorm.

The two halls are bounded by Escondido Road on the north, Bowdoin Lane on the south, Campus Drive on the east and Galvez Mall on the west.

The rest of the freshmen will live on the west side of campus; hundreds will be making their homes in Lagunita Court, Roble Hall, Sterling Quad and Florence Moore Hall. 

President John Hennessy welcomed the new students and their families at the 119th Opening Convocation, later in the day. The audience also heard from Richard Shaw, dean of undergraduate admission and financial aid; John Bravman, vice provost for undergraduate education; and Jenna Nicholas, a member of the Class of 2012.

The speakers addressed students from all 50 states and from all over the world; the top five foreign countries represented are Korea, Britain, China, Canada and Singapore. Also among the 129 international freshmen are students from Armenia, Bolivia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman and Togo.

After Convocation, students shared their first dinner on campus with their residential staff and dorm mates; parents were invited to dine with Provost John Etchemendy at the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation.

Today was the first day of New Student Orientation. The six-day program includes open houses at community centers and academic departments, placement tests, faculty talks on undergraduate research and a roundtable discussion featuring the authors of the three books assigned to incoming students for summer reading.

There will be social events as well, including swing dancing, Stanford Women's Soccer vs. Colorado in Cagan Stadium, a drama showcase, a comedy night, ¡Festival Latino! and Stanford Football vs. San Jose State in Stanford Stadium.